Fashion Week Peek

One of the most amazing events has taken over New York City again this season. It’s Fashion Week! I was lucky enough to get a golden ticket, and this time I came toting my Canon. …And an equally exciting new-old (thrift shop) ensemble, but I’ll happily let these ladies and gentlemen have the spotlight because I had an even better time behind the camera than in front, snagging others’ street style as they came and went from the runway mecca. The enormous courtyard opening onto  the storied Lincoln Center steps (Carrie and The Russian at the ballet, anyone?) was the place to see and be seen and it became the perfect chance to snap real and would-be models grinning in perfectly polished ensembles, dripping with bright accessories and killer kicks. Click through for a few of my favorites!

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 “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

The Romantic Machine

Tonight at the New York Public Library, John Tresch, a teacher in department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses his new book, The Romantic Machine , with philosopher Simon Critchley, a Professor of Philosophy at The New School, where he teaches courses on continental philosophy, phenomenology, the ethical and the political.

“With The Romantic Machine, John Tresch fulfills the goal of most recent history of science: to show that when you follow scientific achievements you end up describing a whole culture, including its literature and arts”.  Bruno Latour Sciences, Po Paris

John Tresch | The Romantic Machine, Utopian Science and Technology after Napoleon

“Tresch looks at how new conceptions of energy, instrumentality, and association fueled such diverse developments as fantastic literature, popular astronomy, grand opera, positivism, utopian socialism, and the Revolution of 1848.”

“Previous scholars have viewed romanticism and industrialization in opposition, but in this groundbreaking volume John Tresch reveals how thoroughly entwined science and the arts were in early nineteenth-century France and how they worked together to unite a fractured society.”

As the fields of science and arts continue to converge in our modern culture, what’s your take on John Tresch’s new research and philosophy on the history of the subjects’ interplay?

Aldous Huxley

See Here

If you’re feeling in need of a little artistic inspiration, see The Creative Finder, a huge and exceptional collection of visual art and the creatives they belong to, plus a brimming social network. Ready: go! 

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Love, Ink

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”

Groucho Marx, American comedian, quick wit and inspiring reader who overcame the shortcomings of his lack of formal education by taking to the pages to learn on his own.

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.”

Stella Adler

Creative Freedom

Crikey Media looks at loss of definable literary schools, and the modern isolated writer:

‘It’s this business about the school: school of painting, school of poetry, school of music, school of writing.’

Vonnegut describes a lecturer he’d had while a grad student at the University of Chicago, Slotkin, who had interested him in the idea of the ‘school’ and compelled him to begin writing a postgrad thesis on the topic.

‘The school gives a man, Slotkin said, the fantastic amount of guts it takes to add to culture. It gives him morale, esprit de corps, the resources of many brains, and—maybe most important—one-sidedness with assurance.’

‘It isn’t a question of finding a Messiah,’ Vonnegut writes, ‘but of a group’s creating one—and it’s hard work, and takes a while.’

Do you think readers and writers are losing out by going it alone or is isolation the way of the future, as our cultures around the world move farther away from personal and group contact, and further into digital, long-distance, and asychnronous communication?

Physical World

If you haven’t considered human gender and sexuality on a philosophical level lately, take a second to let artist Del LaGrace Volcano navigate you through the complicated, impassioned geography using photography. Volcano’s portraits are not necessarily beautiful, but lead viewers to come to their own notion of beauty, race, culture, heart and necessity, and ultimately the weight of clarifications of gender, through incisive and thoughtful sentiments stated clearly, some with heartbreaking quip, bold but not unnerving. More appreciative and quizzically unintrusive, their simplicity allows their manifestos to feel like a given, at least momentarily. The sweeping sentiment is a spirituality one may prescribe to.

“Del LaGrace Volcano’s art consistently refuses “either/or” categories in favor of “both/and.” His/her art asks the kinds of questions that make their answers provisional and even irrelevant, because the truth is in the asking.”

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